Great film from Rodrigues that transcends gender and sexual identity in telling a story about a woman who becomes obsessed with passing herself off as a dead man's pregnant girlfriend despite the fact that he was in a homosexual relationship and that hers is a hysterical pregnancy (!). Frankly sexual but expertly told drama with just a hint of the danger of his previous work (O Fantasma). Highly recommended.
A filmmaker throwing an absolutely wild pitch w/ everything behind it. Nowhere near the plate. Yes. This is an attempt at unalloyed, bombastic melodrama. It's not short on balls. But it is awkward in gait and generally ham-fisted. Owes a lot to New Queer Cinema of the 90s. Owes a lot to Almodóvar and, weirdly, sorta, Gregg Araki. Choral version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is where I really started losing patience.
Entre mélodrame (volontairement ?) inabouti, bridé, et affective (re)quête identitaire, une oeuvre profondément sincère qui souffre d'un manque de folie et d'outrance auxquelles nous étions en droit d'attendre du réalisateur (peut-être à tort) après la splendide déflagration de son long métrage précédent... www.cinefiches.com
It is always a surprise when you fall in love with a movie. At Pedro's tomb Odette says "I've come to meet you. Now, nobody will set us apart." Rui says "I can't get myself here. It frightens me." Later Odette says to Rui "Let him come back." Kangaroo by Alex Chilton was perfect for the car driving scene and the repeated piano refrain by Filipe Raposo was great. Cinematography by Rui Poças fantastic. Thank you João.
Maybe Almodóvar could have pulled this off but he didn't make it. Am I mistaken or is this almost a remake of a Norwegian film Mubi screened a bit of time ago? Or maybe this film is a remake of that one? Wish I could remember the name. The only difference between the opening of that and the opening of this was the addition of an endless running scene. The both bored me.
What just happened? It's possible that the shock value of the plot is what kept me engaged, rather then the plot itself, but that brings to question of entertainment in the first place -- I would rather take this than a truly predictable melodrama with amazing cinematography that stumbles over cliches. Two Drifters (or rather Odete) is definitely something completely different...
I can't decide if the film's descent into chaos is reflective of the mental states of all involved or is simply a flailing plot. The cinematography is beautiful, but the characters are distant and feel underdeveloped. They move the story along, but there's no real sense of motivation (even if the motivation is madness or grief).
An interesting watch. I loved Oliverira's performance and the overall "quietness" of it. Although it seems a bit unfinished, I think that Rodrigues captures the alienation that comes with loss in a very honest, simple manner - the struggle to come to terms with it, the desperation you feel when you can't, and the final acceptance of the absurd and randomness (of human existence, in the end).